The biggest was the announcement in July that Foxconn Technology Group was looking to build a massive plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Republican lawmakers passed an unprecedented $3 billion incentives package in September to seal the deal.
A Didion Milling Co. corn processing plant in Cambria exploded in May, killing five workers.
Meanwhile in Madison, Republican infighting over how to pay for road work delayed passage of the state budget until September, two months late.
Lawmakers in December called for Democratic Rep. Josh Zepnick to resign after two women anonymously accused him of sexual misconduct. Word surfaced that month that then-state Sen. Spencer Coggs was accused of sexual harassment eight years ago. Coggs denied it.